The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives.  

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

Contact us to find out more

Playfulness

Too often we think of play as something reserved for children, or worse, for the lazy, idle, and irresponsible. But playfulness is serious business. It helps us connect to one another in an authentic way, recover from high-stress situations, enjoy our job more, and remain curious about the world around us.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Consider the role of play in connecting with colleagues, clients, and customers

• Learn about the role of humour in building rapport and addressing conflict

• Practise using play to generate new ideas and solutions to pressing problems

• Learn ways to make our daily routine more adventurous and playful

Definition


Playfulness is the skill of letting go, trying out and failing at the right scale and learning from this process at work.


What characterises mastery of this skill?


Playful employees bring fun and humour back to work. They thus create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in a team. They might consciously choose humour to ease and resolve conflicts. Using a playful framework, they provide open space for themselves and their team to practice and experiment with new business ideas and products while taking away the fear of failure.


What characterises a lack of this skill?


Employees lacking playfulness tend to be rather serious. They have difficulties with thought experiments and with tolerating failure. It might also be hard for them to bring variety into the tasks of their teams thus contributing to a rather boring and monotonous work atmosphere.

Testimonial

"It allowed me to to consider everyday experiences from a different perspective"